After The The's initial 4AD single in 1980, singer/songwriter Matt Johnson took the London-based group to the Some Bizzare label. However, he remained friendly with Ivo, who was quick to accept when Johnson offered to make an album under his own name for 4AD. The result, Burning Blue Soul, was an unusual and compelling work which mixed extensive studio experimentation with Johnson's evocative voice. It also gave Ivo his first chance to enter a studio in the role of co-producer. Although it was originally released as a Matt Johnson record, when the album was reissued on CD in the early '90s, Johnson insisted that it be retroactively credited to The The.